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Fall Creator’s Update

Microsoft has corrected the problems with version 1703, which have been around since last Spring. The fix was released October 17. Although you will be able to get the update by doing ‘Check for updates’ at some point, it might still be a couple of weeks.

You can install the Fall Creator’s Update on your machine by going to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10. Click ‘Update Now’. It will take about 2 hours.

If you need to install this update on more than one PC, use the Download tool now button at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 to download MediaCreationTool.exe. Then, running this file, select the option to create installation media for another PC. To make things as convenient as possible, use the option USB flash drive when asked which media to use, and insert a blank 8GB (or larger) flash drive. The MediaCreationTool then downloads the needed files, verifies them, prepares the setup, and transfers it to the flash drive.

To update a computer with an existing Windows 10 installation, run the setup.exe file on the flash drive. Simulating no Internet connection, select the Not right now option at the Get important updates screen. After accepting the license terms, you’ll get to the Ready to install screen. The default options selected here are Install Windows 10 Home and Keep personal files and apps. Accept these default options and click the Install button to perform the update. Using this method you will upgrade to version 1709 build 16299.15. After going to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Check for updates to get the remaining updates, the Windows 10 installation updated to build 16299.19.

The USB stick made using the method above is also bootable and may be used to set up a new Windows 10 computer. It is a good idea to make a USB stick like this for backup purposes.

To check the version, when the installation is complete, select ‘About this PC’ in Cortana and press enter. The major version is 1709 and the OS Build is 16299.19.